I’ll try anything for good skin. Really. Anything.
I once forced myself to down a gallon of water a day in the attempt to reach max dewiness. I’ve slathered my face with DIY concoctions that usually involved sacrificing my only ripe avocado. I’ve upset babies on airplanes with mid-flight sheet masks and once even considered borrowing against my 401K for a high tech laser treatment that promised to zap every single one of my pores.
So when my equally skin-obsessed pal started raving about snail mucus, I hardly finished my mid-day rose water mist before demanding to learn more. Yeah, you heard that right. Snail mucus — the sticky trail left behind the path of our slow moving shelled friends that's meant to protect their slimy bods from cuts and bacteria. It’s said the snotty stuff (or snail mucin filtrate for the science-inclined) contains a super dose of collagen, elastin, allantoin, glycolic and hyaluronic acid that speeds up cell renewal to prevent aging, reverse damage and hydrate. In other words: it’s crazy good for your skin and the latest weird thing models and celebs are slapping on for serious glow.
Wanna give the sticky stuff for a spin? Check out the below products for your daily dose of skin-loving slime.
Volition Beauty Helix AM/PM Eye Gel
This cooling day-night eye gel fills fine lines and wrinkles while providing serious hydration.
CosRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
One of the first to popularize the power of the snail, this essence contains 96 percent pure snail mucin for serious rejuvenation.
Soo AE Hanbang Snail EGF Mask
Try on this supersoft, Cupra cotton mask that’s drenched in snail mucin, peptides and collagen for an at-home natural healing treatment.
My Skin Mentor Dr. G Wrinkle Snail Sheet Mask
Attack lines, wrinkles, acne and dryness with this plant-derived sheet mask that will sheath your skin in enzymes, antioxidants and snail mucus filtrate.
Biopelle Tensage Serum
Amp up your glowiness and nix aging with this serum that — thanks to its high concentration of snail secretion filtrate —firms, tightens and ups skin elasticity.
Oh K! Snail Sheet Mask
This Korean fibre mask delivers three times the formula for serious hydration.
SkinChemists London Oui Essential Hydrating Facial Serum
Work a pea sized amount of this snail secretion-packed serum to soothe irritated skin, treat blemishes, and protect from damage.
Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream
A true showcase of the power of snail slime, this multipurpose cream calms inflammation, brightens, evens, and moisturizes.
Immunocologie, Super 7 Elixir
I’m a sucker for any product that dubs itself an “elixir" and this potion is already in my cart. Snail mucin is combined with rosa canina oil, vitis vinifera and borojo extract for a super concentrated treatment for lines and wrinkles.
Tonymoly Intense Care Snail Hydro-Gel Mask
Speed up cell turnover and boost collagen with this snail mucin gel mask that promises to leave your skin plumped and lifted.
Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream
Acne prone beauties will love this 64 percent snail mucin moisturizer that soothes and repairs.
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